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Stop making fun of the things I like: A woman’s perspective on that sparkly case burn

I like pretty things and I can’t deny!

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I like pretty things. I also like pretty things in tech. Sure, I love powerful gadgets too, but if they can be beautiful, powerful things, the better.

But you know what I don’t like? People giving backhanded compliments on things I enjoy on my next fancy gadget. That’s right: I dictate how colorful or sparkly my smartphone should be.


In true millennial fashion, I feel personally attacked by this tweet. You can rant about chipsets all you want but please, keep the sparkly cases out of it. 

I was squealing in delight when Huawei mentioned their Swarovski case at the P30 event yesterday. Sure, time dedicated to the shiny thing was like two percent of the whole presentation, but it was something I was definitely excited about (among other things). This reaction was to be expected: I also squealed in delight when I tried out Samsung’s LED light case; I most definitely squealed when I first reviewed my first Meitu selfie phone, cowhide leather with gold rivets and all.

You see, I have different wants and different needs. As a modern woman, I want things that are not only functional, they also need to be aesthetically pleasing to me. This also means that what I want is usually a departure from what the traditional tech audience (with different aesthetic sensibilities) has deemed important.

And you know what? That’s okay. Despite posts inadvertently but effectually claiming my likes are invalid, I will continue to get excited for the pretty things in tech to come.

I love the sparkly Swarovski P30 case and that shouldn’t take away from me appreciating good technology. Those two are not mutually exclusive. This is me, sparkly phone case in hand (I wish), asking: Why can’t I have it all?

Numerous times, as a woman covering tech, I have been made to feel bad about something I like. But get this: Just because my priorities in a phone, in phone accessories, or in what I want to see in phone launches are different from what the traditional tech audiences want, it doesn’t make it any less valid. Awesomeness not in the traditional tech sense does not negate awesomeness.

The world is changing people! We live in a time when dog robots are a thing, refrigerators talk, new smartphones launch every month, and women comprise half of the technology audience. I should be able to enjoy shiny phone cases in peace. Quite literally, you don’t have to put it on your phone if you don’t want it.

Just don’t make me feel bad for liking phone cases; I don’t make fun of silly things like fake macho circuit boards on transparent phones.

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Emoji documentary to show at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival

Tracing the history

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Linguist Tyler Schnoebelen with the San Francisco emoji poop rock

Have you ever wondered where emoji came from? Are they connected to symbols as ancient as Hieroglyphics? Were they simply evolved from our lazy typing as a product of cellphones? A documentary will finally explain all that and more.

Picture Character is an 81-minute film that explores all this. Directed by Martha Shane and Ian Cheney, the documentary explores the rise of the emoji, roughly translated from Japanese: picture character.


Emoji inventor Shigetaka Kurita drawing his original smiley face emoji

The visual narrative looks at the history, evolution, and present purposes of these cute but meaningful characters. It also looks at the process of how emoji came to be — from their journey to being lobbied up until being passed by the Unicode Consortium.

Rayouf Alhumedhi, the creator of the hijab emoji

The documentary looks at the rise and fall of the biggest text symbols in today’s time, putting into perspective the meaning of each one and just how exactly they came to be.

You can catch Picture Character at the Tribeca Film Festival happening in New York from April 24 to May 5.

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Huawei P30 hands-on: All the cool features applied in real life

How zoomed in is zoomed in?

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After all the “oohs” and “ahhs,” and as the dust settles from Huawei’s flagship launch, the question is: What’s so great about the Huawei P30? And no, I don’t want to hear any specs.

To answer this question, I road tested the Huawei P30 to see just what it can do and how I can use those features in real life.


In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

SEE ALSO: Selfie and posing tips from Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach

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Meitu ventures into AI skincare with MeituSpa

Personalized skincare treatments at home!

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Remember Meitu? Yes the Chinese selfie phone brand. Also, yes, the same company behind that awesome makeup app MakeUpPlus. Well, they have more stuff coming your way.

Meitu just announced the MeituSpa, an AI cleansing brush that checks your skin quality and uses tech to cater a specific cleansing routine to your face. To work, the device connects to MeituSkin, a corresponding app, to offer users a personalized AI-based spa cleansing experience.


The MeituSpa is compatible with all skin types and offers four different modes: sonic cleansing, deep extraction, nourishing, and warm massage. It uses sonic pulsations with 12 different settings that adjusts according to your skin readings.

“Though Meitu has always been a major provider of beauty services through photo editing, style recommendations, and virtual makeup looks, we are also working to bring Meitu’s brand of beauty out of the virtual world and into the real one,” explains Meitu CEO Xinhong Wu.

The MeituSkin is available in Coral Pink and Aqua Green. Starting April 23, they’ll be available online for CNY 589. Unfortunately, it will only be in mainland China and there’s no news regarding global availability.

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